Washington Arts Festival returns, brings together artists from across the Midwest


WASHINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) – Artists from across the country exhibited their work in Washington this weekend. It’s for the Washington Arts Festival, with craft beer, wine, live music, and of course, art.

“We have over 55 artists exhibiting their unique handmade items, we have great support from the community and we have had great weather so the weekend has been good so far,” said Brian Tibbs, executive director of Washington Park. District.

He said the arts festival was a huge success, drawing people from all over the Midwest.

“We draw people from all over central Illinois, and even a little further down that come to our show, we have a great group of performers, it’s just exciting to have people coming to the park, beautiful surroundings and just a great show, ”said Tibbs.

April Sepich was one of those people who traveled from afar. It was the ninth year that she presented her art at the festival.

“I’m originally from central Illinois, now live in Wisconsin, but I’m from that area and love to come back, love this show, the people are friendly,” Sepich said.

She said interactions with visitors are part of what keeps her coming back.

“They are friendly, they are welcoming, they are complementary, they ask questions, they are very interested in what I do, how I do, and the other artists too,” Sepich said.

She can’t wait to come back next year.

“I do about 35 shows a year, and this is one of my absolute favorites,” Sepich said.

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